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Review Pending ESA Applications and Select ESA Permits

There are two types of permits issued for take under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

  1. ESA Section 10(a)(1)(A) Permits for scientific research or to enhance the propagation and survival of the species, and
  2. ESA Section 10(a)(1)(B) Permits for taking species incidental to (not the purpose of) an otherwise lawful activity.

Below is a selection of ESA applications and permits. This is not a comprehensive list, but represents some of the more frequently requested. Also available for review are:

Applications are announced with a notice in the Federal Register. You may submit comments on permit applications during the official public comment period listed in the notice.

ESA Section 10(a)(1)(A) Permits and Applications
Only select permits and applications are posted on the website; there are no ESA Section 10(a)(1)(A) applications posted at this time. However, permits and applications for endangered or threatened marine mammals are available on the MMPA Permit and Application Review page.

Environmental Assessment

Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) for Scientific Research of Sea Turtles in the North Atlantic, Caribbean Sea, and Gulf of Mexico
Draft PEA [pdf] [1.8 MB]
Notice of Availability [pdf] (73 FR 2223, January 14, 2008)

ESA Section 10(a)(1)(B) Permits and Applications

Permit Holder/ Applicant File Number Application Status Permit

Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Inc. for Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon

* Federal Register Notice of Receipt


Application (Dec 2013)



North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries for Atlantic sturgeon

* Federal Register Notice of Permit Issuance
* EA
* Biological Opinion
*Federal Register Notice of Availability of Draft EA
  * Draft EA
*Federal Register Notice of Receipt


Application (Jan 2014)

Application (June 2013)


Permit 18102
Georgia Department of Natural Resources for sturgeon

*Federal Register notice of issuance
*Federal Register notice of receipt
16645 GADNR Application [pdf] issued- active Permit 16645 [pdf]

North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries for sea turtles

* EA
* Biological Opinion
*2013 Federal Register Notice of Draft EA
* Draft EA
*2012 Federal Register Notice of Receipt of Revised Application
*2011 Federal Register Notice


June 2013 Revised Application

January 2013 Revised Application

2012 Revised Application

2011 NCDMF Application

issued- active

Permit 16230
Dr. David N. Hata,
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for sea turtles

*Federal Register notice
15338 VA Tech Application [pdf] not issued n/a
North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries for sea turtles 1603 NCDMF Application [pdf] not issued n/a
Virginia Polytechnic Institute for sea turtles 1529 VA Tech Application [pdf] expired Permit 1529 [pdf]
North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries for sea turtles 1528 NCDMF Application [pdf] expired Permit 1528 [pdf]
Dr. Anne Rudloe, Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratories, Inc. for sea turtles 1417 GSML Application [pdf] expired Permit 1417 [pdf]
State of Hawaii for sea turtles 1357 Hawaii Application [pdf] withdrawn n/a

Updated: October 16, 2014

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